POET Course

Parental Occupational Executive Training; Frisch, Tirosh & Rosenblum


Carmit Frisch PhD, BOT, Yael Wissotzky MSc, BOT


Occupational Therapists


35 h



The Parental Occupational Executive Training (POET; Frisch, Tirosh & Rosenblum, 2016) intervention focuses on supporting parents understand the nature of the Executive Functions (EF), how they affect their child’s functioning and participation, and what they can do to help their child become more successful in their day-to-day functioning. The POET intervention relates to all aspects of life, including navigating morning and evening routines, managing reactions to frustration and excitement, initiating organized self-play indoors, sitting at meals, and doing homework. The POET intervention was developed at the University of Haifa, Israel, for children ages 4-7 years with executive delays. It comprises of 8-10 sessions, and can be adjusted to be applied by parents who themselves cope with ADHD.


Experienced Occupational Therapists who are interested in learning an evidence based intervention focused on improving daily functioning in the natural environment of young children with ADHD symptomatology



Participants completing this course should be able to:
Define the role of the Executive Functions and their relation to ADHD. Identify warning signs of executive delays among children, ages 3-11 years. Implement the POET intervention to improve children’s daily functioning and executive function in their natural environment.

Participants who fulfill the POET course’s assignment requirements will become POET certified, by the Department of Continuing Education & Occupational Therapy Department, University of Haifa, Israel.

The syllabus for the hybrid online POET course
Live sessions from 4 pm - 8:30 pm (GMT+3:00), Independent-work between the sessions
Jun. 12th 2022 (Sunday) | Theoretical background & introduction to the POET: Executive Functions (EF), their neurobiology among life span, the functional implications of delayed EF, The POET's unique characteristics, Barkley's model for EF (2012)
Jun. 19th 2022 (Sunday) | Improving daily functioning while coping with delayed EF: behavioral and cognitive inhibition, verbal working memory and emotional regulation
Jun. 26th 2022 (Sunday) | Improving daily functioning while coping with delayed EF: Non- verbal working memory, Planning & problem solving Assessments for young children with ADHD symptomatology
July. 3th 2022 (Sunday) | Principles of Occupational Performance Coaching (Graham, Rodger & Ziviani) and their contribution to the structure of the POET intervention sessions and process Concepts of the International Classification of Function and Health (World Health Organization; WHO, 2001) and their influence on the intervention emphasis
July. 10th 2022 (Sunday) | Practicing the POET intervention and forms in varied means, processing and analyzing the experience and case reports
Sep. 4th 2022 (Sunday) | Supervision Unique summary of the POET intervention Coping with Parental ADHD